One of the major decisions a newly married couple deal with is buying a home. It’s a way of becoming independent and beginning a new life. And normally, it involves planning together, searching for homes, weighing things and finally getting a home. But my brother and his wife who have been married for more than a year were somewhat stuck in the stage of searching for the right property in Oxford. They were renting a condominium unit but they thought home ownership is the best for them.
Last month, I heard my sister-in-law complained about how finding a home can be frustrating. They hunt through classified ads, real estate magazines and made a trip to a real estate agent’s office but they were not able to find the house that matched their standards. It’s either they always find houses on short sale or homes that are been priced too high.
So, I gave my sister an idea about how to take advantage of the vast resources in the Internet. A lot of real estate websites have popped up in the internet and they can be the best guides in finding the right home. I bought my own house three years ago through a website. I was able to work with an experienced listing agent before and I can attest that browsing online can be the best tool in searching for the best houses in the local market.
Knowing how to use the Search Engine Optimization (SEO) in the internet can be a big help. My sister-in-law was unfamiliar of this internet vocabulary but I told her that typing keywords in the search box would really matter. To make it more comprehensible for her, I took out my laptop and I let her did the searching. I told her she has to know her specific priorities like the type of home, location, type of neighborhood and the price range. She can then use the right keywords that match her priorities. If she wants a big house then she just cannot type any keyword in the search box “house for sale” or “real estate listing”. She needs to use keywords like “big houses for sale” then also include the local location in the house search. I also gave her the real estate websites recommended by my friend who is a realtor. One of the websites offered them handy tips about dealing with mortgages and helped them in their goal of owning a good home.
It’s good that my brother and my sister-in-law really took the time in getting what’s best for them. They were not tempted to just go with the first house that fell in their price budget but they tirelessly hunt for the best deal – a pretty nice house bought with the right price.
It’s true that finding a home for the first time can be daunting and frustrating but learning how to benefit from the internet technology can make a difference. There are no great secret formula but just with the basic common sense and instinct, it will guide us to find our dream house.